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Dug Pinnick (King s X, Poundhound), metal music s very own Sly Stone, finds inner peace through his visceral,
loose, jam-heavy new solo effort, Strum Sum Up.

Like a slice of Pinnick s raw essence, Strum Sum Up is so free, so instinctual; it s Pinnick as you ve never heard him before.
This raw, wah-wah-injected groove machine is powered by the stellar talents of Wally Farkas of Galactic Cowboys fame,
Army of Anyone s Ray Luzier, Billy Idol s guitar wizard Steve Stevens, Hal Sparks, 11 s Alain Johannes, Kellii Scott, David
Henning, and Pinnick himself (on guitar).

It s the realest thing I ve ever done, Pinnick says.

But don t take our or Pinnick s word for it. Give Strum Sum Up a spin and let its explosive, groundbreaking songs hit you
like a ton of musical dynamite.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • ASIN: B000W2ZYZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MusiqCritiq on April 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have been a King's X fan since I first saw them in 1989. Most of their stuff is superior to virtually anything out there. They are the best live band I have ever seen - bar none! The Ty solo stuff and his side projects have been awesome as well. I LOVE Doug, but have never been moved by his solo stuff - until NOW. This album is AWESOME! It has everything - soul, funk, harmonies, acoustic, heavy, rock, EVERYTHING that is good.

If you are at all a fan of KX or dUg, you will LOVE this album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chad Stewart on February 8, 2008
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dUg has a means of expressing himself that has always been unique and good. On this CD he rocks it hard, and I think it surpasses all of his past solo efforts due to the musical help he gets in this collection of songs. He's always been a strong musician and vocalist throughout his career, but when he adds the spice of other talented artists, man there is no one better at progressive rock than dUg. Keep it rocking man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Hope on January 14, 2008
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Doug Pinnick, Ty Tabor and King's X in general put out some of the best music that is little known, and this disc is no exception. I have listened to this band since '88 and every time I think these guys have peaked and won't be able to come up with anything good anymore they make me eat crow. In this album, Doug took the sound he had six years ago in Pineappleskunk and added some more heaviness and flare--the result is a CD that I'm probably getting close to wearing out even though I got it only a month or so ago.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian J. Coleman on December 19, 2007
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This has to be Dug's best solo project to date. Great writting, awesome performances by all involved and the type of polished production we all expect from a member of King's X. All the raw emotion is there in a polished well done album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Silvestri on July 1, 2008
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Being an old King's X fan, I'm always excited when one of the guys (usually Doug or Ty) put out some solo stuff. The latest Doug Pinnick album (he seems to be using "Dug" now) is his best solo effort yet.

Wally Farkas plays guitar all over the album. Dug (who normally plays bass on the King's X albums) also shares some guitar. The new players on this album makes for a interesting mix. The album is still heavy and aggressive like King's X, but with some pleasant eyebrow-raising fresh things.

Several of the songs have "Part Two" versions.

Perfect World, Pt.2
Dynomite, Pt.2
Life Is What You Make It, Pt.2
Cross It, Pt.2

and a real good groove on Coming Over that runs 10:01.

The production of Doug's earlier two solo projects was good but seemed heavier and muddier. This album sounds cleaner, and although heavy, has a lighter, uplifting classic groove to it.

If you enjoy King's X, you will be very happy with this solo project by Dug Pinnick.

Catch'em live if you can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Polack on March 1, 2008
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It's Doug; what more can you say? If you like King's X style guitar, with crunching bass (and Doug isn't playing bass on these tracks), this is it. As usual, it has Doug's "real" world" subject matter in the lyrics. The opening cut, Perfect World, bears this out, with Doug's sarcastic view of things which forces you to be honest about the way life really is. I've got all his other releases as well as those of King's X, and I keep coming back.

Lyrically, Doug is a few big steps above other rock groups; I just wonder what kind of life he's led that's supplied him with such insight. Sure, the groove is there, but it's all really there to make you THINK. So far, it doesn't seem he's run out of inspiration or ideas to put to music the subjects of life, faith, and truth.

Best of luck to Doug's individual pursuits and those of King's X.
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Being a longtime fan of the mighty King's X, this record, with its soulful vocal work and crunchy riffs, is already born and bred for my ears, but it's the kind of kicka$$ set of tunes that can find their way onto anyone's iPod. Now i've "dUg" most of Pinnick's other releases something fierce, especially both Poundhound records, but those records always felt a little undercooked and loose. _Strum Some Up_ is the first of his albums not to really sound like a side project, because of very strong songs. Unsurprisingly dUg is armed with a ton of great riffs, and is assisted by a bevy of great sympathetic studio musicians including Wally Farkas (Galactic Cowboys), Alain Johanes (Eleven) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), ensconced in a fat, clean production job from the surprisingly nimble Hal Sparks (yes, *that* Hal Sparks). Four tracks here have extended "part 2" jams appended, which arguably pad the length, but don't threaten the album continuity. (As far as i'm concerned dUg can linger as long as he wants in my sound deck.) Songs like "Perfect World" and "Damn It" are like perfect lost King's X crunch metal nuggets, with a deep swagger. The gospel-y "Life Is What You Make It" moves with righteous perfection while "Cross It" sounds like something that would happen if Led Zeppelin, Duane Allman, Sly Stone, and your local Baptist church choir got together for a Jesus-inspired hoedown. The only misstep is the bonus track "Coming Over" (included with the MP3 download album) which is ludicrously - and laughably - excessive at ten minutes, but ultimately kills because of *that voice.* What a ragingly wonderful, nimble, life-affirming record this is - and this from a man nearly 60 years old. Buy it, crank it, live it, love it.
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